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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 12, 2007 - 04:00pm PT
SuperTopo Auction: 100% of proceeds go to non-profits


I am auctioning off a bunch of misc. stuff from my gear stash. Some of it is brand new. Some used. 100% of proceeds from this auction will be split between the following non-profit organizations:

Yosemite Climbing Assn
Central Asia Institute
Access Fund

check out the ebay auction here:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZchrismcn7


Here is a list of the items i am selling:
4 Yosemite Valley Free Climbs signed by some past and present Yosemite climbers
4 Tuolumne Free Climbs signed by some past and present Yosemite climbers
2 River Dry Bags
3 new marmot synthetic shirts
1 marmot beanie
3 other slightly used Marmot synthetic shirts
18 aluminum rap rings
2 Yates Big Wall Ladders
Burton snowboard jacket
Moonstone gor-tex jacket
Patagonia gor-tex jacket
Patagonia softshell jacket
Marmoth puffy jacket
North Face Puffy jacket
Apple Computer windbreaker
Petzl tibloc
Petzl Reversino
Wild Country Ropeman
Patagonia R1 Fleece
Marmot Meteor Fleece

Bid on!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 12, 2007 - 05:02pm PT
bump!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 12, 2007 - 06:40pm PT
Looks like a bumpy ride....to the top of the forum, that is.

Maybe others can chime in with some funny anecdotes or at least jokes about chris selling off his worldy possessions or something, to help get the word out his auction's started.

I think it's only 6 days, so it's important for people to be aware, especially since the weekend (where the auctions will be coming into the home stretch) won't get much viewing of the thread. Bump it early and often!
Moof

Big Wall climber
A cube at my soul sucking job in Oregon
Dec 12, 2007 - 06:52pm PT
Guess these server upgrades have put Chris in the poor house, poor guy has to sell booty rap rings to pay for things...
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 12, 2007 - 07:42pm PT
Kind of hard to top Todd and Greg's yard sale from a few weeks ago - http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=481732&msg=494224#msg494224

But it's for a good cause, so hopefully people aren't yarded out, and/or need to fill their stockings. I've always found that feet were pretty good stocking stuffers, but some of Chris Mac's stuff would work pretty good too.
Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Dec 12, 2007 - 09:18pm PT
i'm a sucker when it comes to charity stuff.

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 13, 2007 - 01:14am PT
I am bumping this again, since it's fallen off the front for you evening in California guys.
SteveW

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Dec 13, 2007 - 08:07am PT
Chris
What size are the Patagucci jackets? (all three)
Thanks!
Steve
Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Dec 13, 2007 - 08:55am PT
if we win, do we get to choose which of the three charities the proceeds from our auction will go to?

i vote for the central asia institute, been a supporter of them for several years now.

Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2007 - 12:16pm PT
pretty much everything is size medium... except for the north face jacket (yellow puffy)


I am planning to split the $$$ evenly three ways

yeah, not a huge auction but it takes time to list all that stuff!

maybe this spring we will do a bigger supertopo charity auction. might work like this:

 manageable group comes together (5-10 people?) who have cool stuff to auction
 group then decides who gets the money (presumable climbing related since the auction will be promoted on supertop)
 we all have our own separate auctions on ebay so that each person is in charge of their own listing and shipping... but we can all share in promoting of the auction on SuperTopo and elsewhere

just a thought
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 13, 2007 - 03:08pm PT
Chris - Funny, as I was riding the subway this morning - VERY MUCH near time you made that post - a similar idea occurred to me! Not that S/Topo should do group charity auction, but that in general group auction for charity might be an interesting concept. Guess I caught your thought wave.

I think it's a great idea. Who knows - with some volunteer effort(to help with all the work involved in setting up auction/answering queries, promoting, etc., as you mentioned), it could be a really wonderful thing.
jiimmy

Boulder climber
san diego
Dec 13, 2007 - 10:24pm PT
HOw come everyone charges so much for shipping? Some Items I can see 5.95, but others, I dont get it. Book rate is pretty low.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 14, 2007 - 12:53am PT
shipping AND handling. Cost of preparing the package, going to get it mailed off, etc.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 14, 2007 - 11:44am PT
yeah, ill try to organize a charity auction next year. maybe we start with a test run mid year. then at the end of the year, when most people are psyched to give, we try to get as many people as possible on board. if we got just ten people on board that would be big. if we got 50 or 100... that would be HUGE. if each auction raised $1000....

the best thing about this is that i think there are a lot of people who have a few good outdoor items but they just never wear them or use them (wrong color, a gift from a well meaning relative who didn't know they dont ice climb... etc). but sometimes its hard to sell the stuff because consignment shops can take a while and the stuff is just too nice to just give away... this auction stuff could be the perfect solution. especially for those who want to donate to non-profits but dont necessarily have the $$$


i just left the shipping the same for all items because:

1) wanted to save time in the listing process
2) if you look around on ebay most people charge that much or more for just about anything no matter how small
3) all the proceeds are for non-profits so i didn't think that would be a hold up... but maybe i was wrong
dirtineye

Trad climber
the south
Dec 14, 2007 - 02:37pm PT
AWWW, some people would complain if you hanged em with a new rope.

And in the internet, SOMEONE will complain about ANYTHING, so, just forge ahead with your auction and don't worry about the shipping, or the shipping charge complaints.
sling512

Trad climber
Chicago
Dec 14, 2007 - 04:10pm PT
An "I bid" bump!


-sling
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 14, 2007 - 08:38pm PT
I've been outbid....Again!
sling512

Trad climber
Chicago
Dec 17, 2007 - 04:11pm PT
BUMP
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 17, 2007 - 11:56pm PT
What's this doing way down at the bottom of page 2??

Getting down to the bidding war zone... Some items are ending in about 20 hours, other 1 day 15 hours.

When closing time comes, will the Taco go silent as people furiously try to snag the last bids? Is anyone using one of those stealth auction software programs that snags the winning bid at the last minute?
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 18, 2007 - 09:36am PT
I have taken it as my duty to bump this thread again. Just in case anyone hasn't seen it. The countdown is on - some items are 10 hours from ending.

Remember, it's not just about getting some booty, but also to help support the causes Chris chose.



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